I am still feeling a bit waffly about posting about the quilt show. I still can't find my "angle" today! But I would like to share my latest personal purchase. A little fluff, if you please.
After a rather turbulent flight and feeling happy to be alive, I landed in sunny Houston and instinctually reached for my shades. I pulled out my cruddy cheapos and cringed as always. I looked up, saw the Sunglass Hut. Saw the name Ralph. Walked up to the display. Reached out and grabbed exactly what I wanted. Tried them on. Liked. Bought.
I'm sure I made my salesguy's day. Easiest transaction he probably ever had.
I bought the most awesomest pair of Ralph Lauren (Ralph) sunglasses about 5 years ago. They lasted years until they finally gave up, which considering I used them regularly, it was a testament to their quality. They were also fabulous looking and I got lots of compliments on them. When they finally died (oh, and I still have the carcass!) I searched eBay for them and lost the bid in the last second. At that point I didn't like anything else that seemed more "affordable" and went for temporary cheap sunglasses, but I got hooked in the cycle of replacing them with another pair of cheapies, and never ever was I completely satisfied or sold on them.
So, I learned a lesson and decided to put my knowledge into action on this day. Cheap glasses get treated like cheap glasses because they are already half way to imminent destruction. Quality glasses get treated like quality and I hold something of value in my hand, I'm careful with them. As with most things, you totally get what you pay for. And I am certain I have spent over $90 on cheap shades in the last year... I vow never to do that again. But I probably won't have to worry about this for a few years anyway.